Good friends and good food: B. made sweet and sour chicken, beef and broccoli in oyster sauce, char-fried rice (with peas! scallions! egg! fried in a stockpot but with that amazing charcoal-stove crust!). The five of us, from four continents, sitting in a warm hearth of a kitchen in a Kyoto suburb, drinking all kinds of good things, talking till late.